Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Tell God I say yes."

Last evening -- March 24-- at First Vespers for the Annuciation our hymn was very striking for me and so early this morning, I did research on the composer John L Bell. He is a hymn writer in Scotland. He gives quite a twist to the normal text of a hymn and it catches one's attention to the meaning of a feast. Below is the text of the hymn

No wind at the window, no knock on the door;
No light from the lampstand, no foot on the floor;
No dream born of tiredness, no ghost raised by fear:
Just an angel and a woman and a voice in her ear.

"O Mary, O Mary, don't hide from my face,
Be glad that you're favored and filled with God's grace.
The time for redeeming the world has begun;
And you are requested to mother God's son.

"This child must be born that the kingdom might come;
Salvation for many, destruction for some:
Both end and beginning, both message and sign;
Both victor and victim, Both yours and divine."

No payment was promised, no promises made;
No wedding was dated. No blue print displayed.
Yet Mary, consenting to what none could guess
Replied with conviction, "Tell God I say yes."

Would it not be a great thing if we could say YES to all God wants of us today!!!

Below are some photos of a painting that Br. Jerome is using for the Annuciation in the Chapel this year.
Unfortunately the glass covering the painting reflects light, but it also picks up the stained glass windows in the chapel.


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